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Clone all repos from a GitHub organization
curl -s | ruby -rubygems -e 'require "json"; JSON.load( { |repo| %x[git clone #{repo["ssh_url"]} ]}'

Note if you need to access private repos you can modify as follows (replace the [[VARIABLE]] with the suitable value:

curl -u [[USERNAME]] -s[[ORGANIZATION]]/repos?per_page=200 | ruby -rubygems -e 'require "json"; JSON.load( { |repo| %x[git clone #{repo["ssh_url"]} ]}'


git complained that my rsa key did not exist at gitorious-id_rsa so i simply copied it. Not sure why it would be looking there but it did the trick. Thanks for posting this up.


i did

sudo apt-get install libjson-ruby



I was able to get access to private repos by creating an OAuth token in the "Personal access tokens" section of the "Applications" tab under "Personal settings", and modifying the snippet to auth with that token:

curl -u <token>:x-oauth-basic -s<organization>/repos\?per_page\=200 | ruby -rubygems -e 'require "json"; JSON.load( { |repo| %x[git clone #{repo["ssh_url"]} ]}'
boban-dj commented Aug 7, 2015

Just to add: it worked for me to backup all my public repo's from user account like this:

curl -u [[USERNAME]] -s[[USERNAME]]/repos?per_page=200 | ruby -rubygems -e 'require "json"; JSON.load( { |repo| %x[git clone #{repo["ssh_url"]} ]}'

Thanks for the gist!

TomHoss commented Aug 10, 2015

Just tried this and it looks like the max per_page is 100. If you use 200, it will fail silently and cut it off at 100


I made a script using Python 3 and Github APIv3

tiriana commented Oct 7, 2015

Thank you @caniszczyk, and thank you @mattheworiordan.

scanf commented Dec 3, 2015

Thanks, this turned out useful for cloning


I tried:
curl -s[folder_name]/repos?per_page=20&page=81 | ruby -rubygems -e 'require "json"; JSON.load( { |repo| %x[git clone #{repo["ssh_url"]} ]}'
It gives me following error:
-e:1:in <main>': undefined methodeach' for nil:NilClass (NoMethodError)


If people don't have ruby installed (such as on windows using the git bash prompt) you can use the following.

curl -s\?per_page\=200 | perl -ne 'print "$1\n" if (/"ssh_url": "([^"]+)/)' | xargs -n 1 git clone

If i want to download this all repo..... how can i do that ?????

fgimian commented Jun 1, 2016 edited

Thanks, great job 😄

Here's a version in Python which should work without any extras on both OS X and Linux (as long as Python 2.6 or newer is installed):

curl -s | python -c $'import json, sys, os\nfor repo in json.load(sys.stdin): os.system("git clone " + repo["ssh_url"])'

erm3nda commented Jun 4, 2016 edited

Thank you @fgimian, i like to use less dependencies as posible, always. Use the python json module is even better than require to install any other things nor require version 3, as 2.6 is (still) the legacy option.

I found better to use clone_url instead of ssh, wich requires you to have the proper rights. U can use that to clone public repos.
curl -s | python -c $'import json, sys, os\nfor repo in json.load(sys.stdin): os.system("git clone " + repo["clone_url"])'


Ok, PHP one-liner here:

php -r 'foreach(json_decode(shell_exec("curl -s".readline("Target(\"orgs/twitter\", \"users/onedal88\" etc.): ")."/repos?per_page=31337")) as $r)system("git clone {$r->clone_url}");'

ameygat commented Aug 17, 2016

I have written python2 scripts for downloading all repos of a user or a organization Github Python Scripts

boussou commented Oct 2, 2016

Hey guys, you don't need python or ruby for that.
here's a pure shell version:

for i in `curl   -s$ORGANIZATION/repos?per_page=200 |grep html_url|awk 'NR%2 == 0'|cut -d ':'  -f 2-3|tr -d '",'`; do  git clone $i.git;  done

of course, if you put it in a file you should replace $ORGANIZATION by $1


Here is a script I created from these examples that build two additional scripts to manage you Organization Repos

derFunk commented Dec 2, 2016

This bash script helped me cloning private repos via ssh urls with two factor authentication (using a oauth token - you have to check "Full control of private repositories"):

for i in `curl -u [[USERNAME:TOKEN]] -s "" |grep ssh_url | cut -d ':' -f 2-3|tr -d '",'`; do git clone $i; done

See here for token generation:

brydavis commented Jan 4, 2017 edited

Thanks for the script!

Ran into permission / SSH key issues on a new computer.

So, I changed script to use "clone_url" instead of "ssh_url".

Here's the full line.

curl -s | ruby -rubygems -e 'require "json"; JSON.load( { |repo| %x[git clone #{repo["clone_url"]} ]}'


For jq users, here's what it would look like:

curl -u TOKEN:x-oauth-basic '' | jq '.[].ssh_url' -r | while read url; do git clone "$url"; done
SISheogorath commented Mar 9, 2017 edited

And let's simplify it even more:

wget -qO- | jq ".[].ssh_url" | xargs -L 1 git clone

I keep getting this

Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

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